IndyGo finalizing test runs prior to start of Red Line service

Aug. 26, 2019
Practice runs along the entire 13-mile route started Aug. 25 as the transit agency prepares to open the BRT route served by all electric buses.

One week before service is set to start on Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation’s (IndyGo) Red Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, operators began their final practice runs along the entire route.  

The 13.1-mile route runs between the north side’s Broad Ripple and the University of Indianapolis to the south with 28 stations and vehicle headways of 10 minutes during weekdays and 15 minutes during weekends.

IndyGo said that new road configurations and pavement markings have been in place since July 31 on College Avenue, Meridian Street and Capitol Avenue. Capitol Avenue now includes an IndyGo northbound bus-only lane has been added to the road in which drivers are yet not accustomed to.

“As the Red Line is a service that is brand new to our riders and our bus operators, we expect there may be delays and occasional challenges for the first few weeks. Please be patient as everyone works to get comfortable with the system and ensure that everything is working together properly,” IndyGo said.

The transit provider also encouraged drivers to watch its rules of the road videos that highlight the new road configurations and are available at

BYD is supplying the electric buses for the Red Line. The electric buses are part of IndyGo’s plans to replace all its diesel buses with electric models by 2032; reducing pollution and operating costs, while improving service for Indianapolis residents and visitors.

IndyGo will offer free rides on the Red Line during the entire month of September and will post volunteers at Red Line stations to help answer rider questions once service begins on Sept. 1.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.